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New Playstation 4 controller colors are coming from Sony.
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Sony wants to give you some variety in your Playstation 4 controllers.

The company announced new color options for the Dual Shock 4 during its Tokyo Game Show keynote address.

Polygon has the details:

The controllers (above) will come in gold, silver and "steel black" beginning Nov. 6, with a clear plastic crystal following on Dec. 3. The launch dates are for Japan; Sony did not give any information for western availability, though the gold and silver controllers have been announced for Europe.

Additionally, the hard drive bay cover for the console itself will get nine color variants on Nov. 6., including gold, silver, red, yellow, purple, and pink. Again, no western launch plans were given there. The faceplates will run ¥2,500, which is about $20.

Finally, a wireless round headset will launch in Japan on Dec. 3, costing ¥12,000, or roughly $100.
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It seems like it's been a while since the great Bloodborne's February release and we're certainly looking for a reason to return to Yarnham.

Luckily, the game's first DLC expansion, called The Old Hunters, was announced on the Playstation blog Sept. 15.



Set in a nightmare world where hunters from the past are trapped forever, explore brand new stages full of dangers, rewards, and deadly beasts to overcome. You'll find multiple new outfits and weapons to add to your arsenal as well as additional magic to wield and add more variety to your combat strategy.

With new story details, learn the tale of hunters who once made Yharnam their hunting grounds, meet new NPCs, and discover another side of the history and world of Bloodborne. Here's a brief glimpse of just some of what lies in store for you when The Old Hunters launches on November 24th, including Simon's Bowblade weapon, and new boss enemy Ludwig.



The Old Hunters will release on Nov. 24 for $19.99, only on Playstation 4.

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Sony renames Project morpheus to Playstation VR.
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Sony officially unveiled the consumer title for the Project Morpheus during the Tokyo Game Show Sept. 15.

We've known about the virtual reality helmet and even its first quarter 2016 release window for some time, but during their Tokyo Game Show keynote, Sony execs got specific about the intention of the device. They renamed it the Playstation VR.

Forbes provides further details:

First announced back in March 2014 at the Game Developers Conference, Sony's Oculus Rift rival is powered by the Japanese giant's latest console – the PlayStation 4 – so the official moniker makes sense.

"The name 'PlayStation VR' not only directly expresses an entirely new experience from PlayStation that allows players to feel as if they are physically inside the virtual world of a game, but it also reflects our hopes that we want our users to feel a sense of familiarity as they enjoy this amazing experience," said Masayasu Ito, EVP, Division president of PS Product Business and VP, Software Design Division.

"We will continue to refine the hardware from various aspects, while working alongside third party developers and publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios, in order to bring content that deliver exciting experiences only made possible with VR."



Virtual reality is on its way, folks. And there are many, many options between this Playstation VR, the Oculus Rift, HTC/Valve's Vive, Microsoft's Hololens and more. Let's hope this variety of product provide more than disappointment.

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Mods of the Day: Even If You Don't Play Video Games, You'll Love These Metal Gear Solid 5 Character Swaps



Ever since Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain came out Sept. 1, the PC gaming community has been having a whole hell of a lot of fun swapping out the character models.

This type of game modification is exactly what PC gaming is so important.

We probably never would have seen an eye-patched dog flirtatiously playing in a puddle without it.

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Nintendo celebrated the 30th birthday of Super Mario Bros. with the release of this excellent little video documenting the creation of that iconic game.

Shigeru Miyamoto explains his inspiration and process for how the lasting gem came into being.

Technically, Sept. 13 was the 30th anniversary, but who knows when that is relative to today, what with modern time zones and all. So, Google got into the spirit today with a nifty little Easter egg.

If you type "Super Mario Bros." into search, a question box will appear in the results and you can go ahead and collect all the coins you want.



Unfortunately, you do not receive an extra life if you click it 100 times.

Happy belated b-day Super Mario Bros. Thanks for introducing me to a life long habit of reality avoidance.

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Mariah Carey takes the place of Kate Upton in this Game of War commercial.
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We've known for a bit that iconic singer Mariah Carey would be the new spokeswoman for free-to-play mobile game Game of War: Fire Age.

Well, TMZ got ahold of the commercial and now you can see medieval warriors call in help via smartphone, hear about a 'hero coming along' a few times and try to catch a few seconds of Mariah wielding a flaming crossbow.

Oof.



Of course, the multi-platinum singer is taking over for Kate Upton. You know you know her. Here's another look at her 2015 Super Bowl commercial if you need/would like a reminder.





We're not sure if this game is any good. All the b00bs they throw at us hasn't left us wanting to actually try it. Someone must be, we can't imagine these ladies consider their time to be cheap.

Have you played this celebrity-led, silly-looking game?

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About a month ago, Twitch, as a community, decided it would try to play Dark Souls, fabled as one of the toughest modern games.

It didn't start off too well. It took them hours and hours to climb a ladder because everyone was inputing different control options at once and so it became a maddening spectacle of spinning around and continually drinking the limited health potion.

Things changed along the way and they implemented a system whereby they would pause the game after every control input, vote on the next action, unpause, take that action and then pause again. Using this exhaustively patient system, they beat the first boss.

But, as Kotaku points out, far worse laid in store.

The real challenge for Twitch Plays Dark Souls was always going to be Ornstein and Smough, though. It's one of the few times Dark Souls throws two bosses at you, and it's a moment that's broken many a Dark Souls fan. One of them is fast, the other is slow. One can pluck away at your health, the other can stomp you into dust. It's a potent and difficult combo even when you're fully in control of the character, and there's a reason it's the spot many people give up on.



It took the Twitch community 28 days, eight hours, seven minutes, and 14 seconds to beat that dastardly duo. And it's super impressive.

Speaking personally, it took me over 10 actual hours on that one boss fight to vanquish the pair. I have never felt more actual rage from a video game and my neighbors complained about the yelling.

Give them another two months and they just might lick this thing.

Also, go play Dark Souls. It's the best.

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As they continue to roll out the expanding list of fighters for next year's Street Fighter 5, Capcom has a few more tricks up its thobe.

They unveiled the first Middle-Eastern character in the series Sept. 11.

More details are available at Polygon:

Rashid is the next brand new character to be joining the cast of Street Fighter 5, EventHubs reports. The character was announced this morning at the Games '15 expo in Dubai.

Yoshinori Ono, the producer of the Street Fighter series, revealed the fighter onstage at the event, showing off gameplay footage of Rashid in action.



Here's some over-the-shoulder footage of Rashid in action:

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You'd think Bethesda would have plenty to do in the final weeks before Fallout 4's Nov. 10 release, but the good guys and gals who are preparing the post-apocalyptic RPG also want to teach you about the game's systems.

This first video explores the Strength trait, or the S in S.P.E.C.I.A.L.. 

Enjoy!
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vPokémon Go is the latest Pokémon game to be announced for Android and iPhone in which smartphone owners will be able to catch and battle Pokémon outside in the real world!

Coming some time in 2016, Pokémon Go is being developed by Niantic, a company known for the mobile game Ingress. Paired with a peripheral called the Pokémon Go Plus, trainers will be able to take their phones out into the real world and catch Pokémon in the actual wild.


The Plus device vibrates and flashes on your wrist when a Pokémon is nearby, allowing players to resist the urge to stare at their phones constantly, and instead enjoy the world around them, or whatever you're supposed to be doing while not catching Pokémon. From there, you'll take out your phone and get to work.

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Bethesda announces a season pass for all their Fallout 4 dlc.
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Knowing that we are salivating for more Fallout 4 news in lieu of it's Nov. 1 release, developer Bethesda dropped some more information about what comes after that fateful launch on their company blog.

It's not really any big surprise that there will be DLC or that they will offer a season pass, but it's still neat to know.

We've always done a lot of DLC for our games. We love making them and you always ask us for more. To reward our most loyal fans, this time we'll be offering a Season Pass that will get you all of the Fallout 4 DLC we ever do for just $30. Since we're still hard at work on the game, we don't know what the actual DLC will be yet, but it will start coming early next year. Based on what we did for Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Skyrim, we know that it will be worth at least $40, and if we do more, you'll get it all with the Season Pass.



They also discussed how the original game would continue to evolve.

We'll be doing regular free updates to the game, and like Skyrim, these will come with not just fixes, but new features. For Skyrim we added things like mounted combat, legendary mode, kill cams, visual enhancements and more. We'll work with all of you to figure out what new things you'd love to see added to Fallout 4, whether they are small tweaks or new features.
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How quickly the time goes by, especially when you're playing video games.

Over at the Playstation Blog

they've begun celebrating the landmark anniversary of the first Playstation launch in America, which happened 20 years ago Sept. 9.

Those were exciting and pioneering times for all of us: new technology, the arcade experience in the home, and no guarantee that we would still be around come the turn of the century –- or sooner. Exciting times indeed.

But we did make it. And thanks to the dedication and passion of the greatest gaming community of all time, the PlayStation Nation, we are celebrating the twentieth birthday of the original PlayStation system, which officially launched in North America on September 9th, 1995. At its launch, PlayStation was a stylish, powerful, developer-friendly game console that popularized polygonal 3D graphics and CD playback of games and music.



Do you have any memories of that launch? Any favorite PS1 games?

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone is a new expansion coming this October that boasts 10 hours of new gameplay including a new storyline and "unique romance" if you haven't already pledged your Geralt to remain faithful to someone else. It'll run you $9.99 and will be available starting October 13.

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Ubisoft has announced plans to build a 10,000 square meter (over 100,000 square foot) theme park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From the Ubisoft Blog:

Have you ever played one of Ubisoft’s games and thought, “This is fun and all, but I’d really like to experience it as a theme park ride”?


I mean, no, not really, but sure, I guess.

The aim of the park is to "immerse people in reactive worlds where they can interact with each other and become the heroes of their own life-sized game,” according to Jean de Rivières, senior vice president of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. The park will feature rides and other attractions built around Ubisoft's franchises, which have not been named but are sure to include Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, something from Tom Clancy, and please God not Just Dance. which, according to Comingsoon.net will include Just Dance, Assassin's Creed, and Rabbids.

It's hard not to compare this theme park to Nintendo's similar announcement of Nintendo IP appearing at Universal Theme Parks earlier this year, which, if I'm being honest, seems like a far better idea. What about you; would you rather visit a Nintendo or Ubisoft park?